Psalms 41:4-5 KJV
We all want to leave our mark on this world, and we strive to be remembered beyond our lifespan. One of the greatest tragedies of a human life, is one that did not invest in others and produce fruit that lasted even after death.
When studying these scriptures I learned that in ancient cultures, to not be remembered was comparable to having never existed. When reading about the life of Joshua we encounter such a circumstance. Of course, Joshua is remembered today as a great warrior, conquering numerous nations and their kings, but he did have one downfall. He chose no successor.
When Joshua was late in age, there was still a large amount of land to be conquered. He compels the people to take the land that is rightfully theirs, and later goes on to ask how long they are going to wait before doing so. The Israelite’s seem content with the land they already have, and when Joshua did pass away, they asked the Lord “Who should lead the Canaanites and launch the attack?”
No one picked up where he left off, and we clearly see that Joshua did not have someone that he spent time with, taught and discipled to lead the people after he was gone.
What impact will you make on the world you reside in? Who are you investing in that will pick up the torch and keep fighting the good fight, even after you have passed from this world? Are you making genuine connections with people, making disciples and moving the kingdom forward?
Will your life leave a lasting impact on future generations to come?
Lord, please help me to live intentionally today. Let me see the opportunities given to me to invest in others, and to lead them to You. I want my life to be a testimony of Your goodness and mercy.